In a pair of viewings this year, Tyrique Jones, as you would expect, impressed with his toughness and physical play.
At the Hoop Hall Classic, Jones went for 11 points and 10 rebounds against a good Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster Academy team. At the National Prep Showcase in mid-November, Jones scored 18 points and reeled in five boards against Geneva (Ohio) Spire Institute.
Jones, who stands 6-foot-7, is a strong, burly power forward that does his best work in the paint and near the basket. Jones was particularly impressive as a rebounder and energy guy in the paint and that's where he'll bring the most value to Xavier.
At 240-pounds, Jones is strong and can play a physical brand of basketball. At the high school level, that often times over matches fellow post players. At the collegiate level, there will be plenty of players that can match his strength, but his energy will certainly show through.
At this stage, majority of his points come off lay-ins, dunks and from running the floor, which is does well and with a purpose. So the next step is adding to his scoring arsenal and post game.
From a “counting” prespective Quentin Goodin has had a tremendous season at Taylor Co High School. Goodin is averaging 24.2 points and 8.1 rebounds per game, both of those marks lead his team.
With only one other major threat on the roster, Goodin is forced to do a ton for his team, and they have gone against a pretty solid schedule on their way to an 11-7 mark. While Goodin is putting up great raw numbers, he can stand to work on his efficiency some.
For the year Goodin is shooting 48 percent overall, including 27 percent from beyond the three point line. Also Goodin is getting to the foul line a ton, nearly seven times per game, and converting at a 72 percent clip. So while some of those numbers are good, the 27 percent three point shooting is something that needs to come along for Goodin, and is going to be the major growth area for him when he gets to Xavier.
Overall these numbers do need to be taken with a bit of a grain of salt as Goodin is forced to take bad shots, because sometimes that is going to be his team’s best option. Still it has been a strong year for Goodin who looks even bigger and more athletic than in the past, and the expectation will be for him to come in and compete for the minutes being left open due to the graduation of Remy Abell.
Obviously Eddie Ekiyor is not playing this season, and has enrolled at Xavier. Ekiyor is getting to work with the veteran Xavier frontcourt during practice as well as do work with the Xavier strength and conditioning staff and the coaches on the side.
The goal this year for Ekiyor is to put himself in a position to backup Sean O’Mara and RaShid Gaston next season. To this point Ekiyor has shown himself to be athletic, tough, a capable rebounder, and someone who has some ability to score facing the rim.
If Ekiyor can continue to add the weight needed to his frame as well as develop a bit more of a skillset on the offensive end, he could find himself in a position to have a role next season, though clearly Xavier has a lot of bodies up front, and getting those minutes will not be easy.